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Malmo vs Chelsea Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

19:21 EAT 14/02/2019
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With the hosts not having played a competitive match in over two months, Al Hain-Cole is backing Sarri's men to pull off a convincing win in Sweden

Chelsea will be desperate to bounce back from their 6-0 mauling at Manchester City when they travel to Sweden to take on Malmo in Thursday’s Europa League clash.

That defeat was a fourth in succession on the road for Maurizio Sarri, who is now facing serious question marks over his future at the club despite having been in charge just seven months.

Latest odds

However, having won five and lost none of their six matches in this competition so far, they are priced at just 10/31 (1.31) with SportPesa to ease the pressure with a victory at the Swedbank Stadion.

The Swedish side have lost four of their five previous matches against English opposition, but are available at 15/2 (8.50) to pull off a memorable win here.

Six of the hosts’ last eight European home matches have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 15/4 (4.75) on this one also finishing up all square.

Team news

Adi Nalic, Dusan Melicharek, and Anel Ahmedhodzic could be in line for competitive debuts after joining Uwe Rosler’s team over the winter break, although fellow new signing Erdal Rakip is ineligible after missing the registration cutoff.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Gary Cahill will both face late fitness tests after illness and a back injury, respectively.

Chelsea reaction

While the thrashing at the Etihad Stadium was obviously tough to watch for Blues fans, their Europa League opponents will now be bracing themselves for a reaction.

Currently in between domestic seasons, Malmo have not played a competitive match since qualifying for the Europa League knockout stages in December - and failed to score in their last two friendly matches.

Predictions

Having scored 12 goals and conceded just two in their six Europa League games so far this season, odds of 10/11 (1.91) are well worth backing on Chelsea lifting the spirits with a convincing win by at least two goals in Sweden.

Chelsea (-1) to win at 10/11 (1.91) for a 2pt stake with SportPesa